Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Dion Hinchcliffe’s Look at The Ajax Spectrum

Category: Ajax, Web20

Dion Hinchcliffe takes a look at the overall effect that Ajax is having on the way web development is happening. He pushes that, because of how easy Ajax (and related technologies) make it to create a “desktop app” style site, it’s fueling the growth of other types of growth towards the web.

In these early days of Web 2.0, the best methods of building applications are still more art than science but as the tools mature they are falling into two general approaches that have far reaching ramifications for Web 2.0 software design, reuse, and adoption. Since this power can cut several ways and Web 2.0 software designers have to some weighty choices to make before they decide how to proceed.

One thing is clear from these tools though, Ajax has come into its own in 2006 and more and more people are recognizing that it forms a true software platform for the Web.

He also talks about it on a different level – breaking down the “just use Ajax” idea to a more of “well, what kind of Ajax?” thought process. There are already frameworks/libraries that are showing up on a majority of sites that implement Ajax, and there will be several more – the real trick is to find what works for you and your product and to not get caught up in the hype of our favorite four letters.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:37 am

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There is not doubt that ajax is fostering interative web applications that are nearly as responsive as desktop apps. There will be bumps alonng the road, but the potential is incredible.

Comment by Jim Kern — February 8, 2006

I agree, but what is important is that people don’t get caught up in the AJAX for the sake of AJAX craze. There are tons of implementations where the use of the technology seems forced and cumbersome. I think these thins will subside, though, as the hype diminishes and people settle in to making AJAX a useful tool.

Comment by jeff — February 8, 2006

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